The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.

  1.  Mark Frye re-elected Board president
  2.  Sunshine reschedules job fair
  3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers
  4.  Grant information updated
  5.  OOD seeking feedback on Voc Rehab policies
  6.  Sharese Wilburn honored as Staff Person of the Month
  7.  What’s Next registration open
  8.  CDC to collect data on teens with autism
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Disability Dialog Conversation February 7 at Sight Center
  11.  Ability Center now accepting applications for scholarship
  12.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  13.  Worth Repeating

1. Mark Frye re-elected Board president

Mark R. Frye, President

At its January meeting, the Lucas County Board of DD re-elected as president Mark Frye. The Board also re-elected Rick Henzler as Vice-President; Linnie Willis, Recording Secretary.


2.  Sunshine reschedules job fair

Sunshine Communities has rescheduled its job fair because of the dangerous weather. The rescheduled job fair will be held noon to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at Sunshine’s newest Family Care Home, 403 Allen Street in Walbridge. Sunshine is building its direct support staff and others to support the six men and women when they move in this spring. Applicants can check out the approximately 6,000-square foot home and find out about job openings and benefits. No appointment necessary; driver’s license required. For more information about Sunshine’s competitive pay, paid time off, health coverage, and other benefits, visit:

3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers

Independent Providers will want to check out the  Back to Basics 2019 training session flier which  includes registration links for all February 2019 sessions around “Personal Funds.”  The training is provided by OPRA and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

4.   Grant information updated

Tammy Eisenreich has updated her research on grants and other funding options for families. Take this link for the updated information, including new application deadlines. Tammy has done a great job with this research. It is well worth the time to scroll through what she has collected.

5.  OOD seeking feedback on Voc Rehab policies

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is seeking public comment on the following Vocational Rehabilitation draft policies: 

80-VR-07      “Informed Choice Policy”
80-VR-03      “VR Case Handling Regarding Nepotism, Employee Anonymity, and Personal Relationships” 

You can locate a copy of these draft policies by clicking hereYour feedback will be acceptedthrough Monday, February 11 2019. Feedback should be emailed to the OOD Policy Public Comment mailbox.

6.  Sharese Wilburn honored as Staff Person of the Month

Job Coach Sharese Wilburn was recognized at the January Board of DD meeting as the Staff Person of the Month.  Please read the citation from the Board meeting at this link.

7.  What’s Next registration open

Registration is underway for the What’s Next life skills training. Follow this link for more information and instructions on how to register.  In this training, teens and young adults learn life skills to help them transition to adult life.

8.  CDC to collect data on teens with autism

Federal officials are moving forward with plans to track the experience of teenagers with autism. Read more.

9.  Calamity Day Procedures

Should it be necessary to close Board facilities due to inclement weather the announcement will be posted in several areas.

  • Check the Board’s Facebook Page or website.
  • The Board will also send information via its mobile app. You can subscribe to the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Call the Board’s Weather Hotline at 419-380-4040
  • The Board will also send closing information to the news media.

10. Disability Dialog Conversation February 7 at Sight Center

Disability Dialog is a  campaign launched by The Ability Center of Greater Toledo to consider what it would take for the Toledo area to become the most disability-friendly community in the country. 

A disability-friendly community is inclusive and creates affordable, accessible resources for its citizens. It means we’re a community that has decided it’s possible for all people to get their needs met—regardless of their abilities; and it’s a commitment to use resources to create a community that works for everyone. 

Disability Dialog is holding public forums to invite Toledo and surrounding area citizens to weigh-in on key topics that affect people with disabilities and to share innovative solutions being offered around the country. The Sight Center of NW Ohio, 1002 Garden Lake Parkway, is hosting a dialog on employment and transportation on February 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about Disability Dialog at 

11.  Ability Center now accepting applications for scholarship

The Ability Center in collaboration with the Auxiliary to The Ability Center, is now accepting applications for college scholarships for students with disabilities. Money will be awarded to students who achieve academic success, participate in community service, and act as a positive role model for other students. Amounts are dependent on number of recipients chosen.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an individual with a disability
  • Have a permanent address in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams county in Ohio or in Monroe or Lenawee county in Michigan
  • Carry at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary degree program

Deadline for applications is March 29, 2019. Applications can be found on

12.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

February 6 – Grants for summer camp

February 7 – Forum on public transit

February 8 – Dinner Dance

February 9 – Anne Grady Services Frozen MIC

February 10 – Family Skate at Ottawa Park

February 21 – People First

February 21 – Guys Group

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

March 1 – Glass City Beer Fest

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 27 – Rec Jam

13.  Worth Repeating 

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin Roosevelt

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